(May 2, 2012) -- The UTSA Department of English Drama Through Performance Troupe will present the gangster spectacle "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
Written in 1941 by Bertolt Brecht when he was living in exile in Finland while awaiting a visa to enter the United States, the parable play aims to destroy the dangerous respect commonly felt for great killers.
Directed against Hitler and the powerful "big shots" of the time and transposed into terms of the American gang world, the play attempted to make Hitler's rise intelligible to an American audience by placing it at a time and place that would be familiar to them.
The shatteringly accurate parallel between Hitler and his henchmen and the old crime lords in the United States provides a satirical allegory of the Nazi's rise to power in a depressed Germany. In Chicago, the Cauliflower Trust is in need of help and turns to a racketeer by the name of Arturo Ui to begin a "protection" campaign. The activities include "accidental fires" and a St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
An influential theater practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht was a poet, playwright, director and dramaturg. He is known particularly through his work with the Berliner Ensemble, a post-war theater company operated by Brecht and his wife, longtime collaborator and actress Helene Weigel.
Dramaturgy involves a comprehensive exploration of the context of a play. The dramaturg is the resident expert and consultant on the physical, social, political and economic scenarios of the play, along with the psychology of the characters, themes and technical considerations of a production including writing and design.
The play keeps with Brecht's Epic Style of Theater, using an alternative to the traditional Aristotelian dramatic theory, which allows the audience to observe critically to draw conclusions and participate in an intellectual argument with the play, rather then sitting back and just being entertained. The Aristotelian theory of tragedy dictates that a play have a clear beginning, middle and end (rising action, climax and resolution), a character with a tragic flaw that brings his or her downfall, a maxim that is proved, spectacle and catharsis (or emotional purging).
"Arturo Ui" opens in a prologue with a direct address to the audience, outlining the major characters and explaining the basis of the upcoming plot. The audience is allowed to better focus on the message, rather than the suspense of what may happen next.
The UTSA production is directed by Lynn Oliver, UTSA Department of English faculty member. For more information, contact Bridget Drinka, chair of the UTSA Department of English, at 210-458-5130.
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